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of lightning striking st. peters, the same day the pope announced he will step down. benedict is set for a new name, a new home and a new role. after his unprecedented move. dan harris is live in st. peters square this morning with all of that. dan, good morning to you. >> reporter: elizabeth, good morning to you. here's how the local papers are playing this huge story. this one says, in italian, pope shock. and here's a headline we can all understand in any language, amen. as catholics all over the world absorb this truly stunning news, today, we're starting to get a sense of what may have provoked the pope to make this announcement now. this morning, an italian news agency says the pope had a top-secret operation to replace his pacemark ker at this hospit in rome three months ago. the vatican won't confirm the news. but the paper says the operation went, quote, well. the pope's older brother held a news conference the day the decision was well thought out and nobody pushed his brother out. meanwhile, benedict's surprise decision has provoked vatican intrigue, worthy of a dan brown novel. joc
it live on >>> new information this afternoon about pope benedict's health. what we learned one day after the pope's announcement that he is stepping down. should teenagers be banned from tanning beds? the idea that could become law in virginia. and let the good times roll. we are heading live to new orleans where mardi gras and the party are in >>> something goes terribly long. t the accident of this dangling crane. >>> we just checked with crew as half hour ago. it looks like a crane that collapsed on a church will not be removed until tomorrow. it forced the evacuation of a preschool that happened around 11:00 this morning at st. luke's episcopal church. a crew was inspecting a steeple. the workers are going to be okay. and will is no major damage to the church. 60 children were sent home more did t day. hear from a teacher that witnessed the whole thing. morning virginia bureau chief julie carey will have that story coming up at 5:00 tonight. >>> thousands of people who watched in texas today as a 2 00-mile funeral procession took an american hero to his final re
is acknowledging that pope benedict had secret surgery three months ago to replace a battery in his pacemaker. he plans to resign at the end of february. the vatican says that decision is not due to any specific illness but an italian news quotes advisors saying after the recent surgery the potpourri flicted on whether he could continue to lead the roman catholic church. today a vatican spokesman says the pope will have no role in choosing has successor. cardinals have always at least in the last several centuries picked a european priest. but this time, those considered top contenders are from around the world, including canada, ghana and nigeria. other than, more than half of the cardinals who will vote are from europe. so we'll see what happens. >>> 6:07. let's check traffic and weather. >> all about sunshine. a little patchy fog out there this morning but a lot of sunshine coming our way and looks like warmer temperatures are ahead and some of the numbers in the upper socks and maybe even 70s in the latter part of the week, upper socks and maybe eve
more now about what retirement will be like for pope benedict. the soon-to-be retiree will live in a monastery and will likely give up his beloved theological writing because of his frail health. a spokesman revealed benedict has a pacemaker and recently underwent surgery. >> over the past few years, he's certainly slowed down a bit. you can tell he had trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. not huge things. but a number of smaller ones, which take their toll. >> and still left for the vatican to decide is what exactly the ex-pope will be called. we haven't had an ex-pope in six centuries. >> we have no idea what to do with him. we don't know where to put him. >> it's rare territory for the catholic church. >>> moving on to your wednesday weather. rain and mountain snow in the northwest. snow showers around fargo and the twin cities. morning rain from new orleans to the carolinas and d.c. rain changing over from snow from philly to new york. >> forts from boston to baltimore. 50s from atlanta to dallas and 50s in the pacific northwest. >>> we kn
, for sure. >>> we're getting a better idea how pope benedict foresees his life in retirement. the pope told a group of clergymen that he will be hidden from the world. the vatican confirmed that benedict's closest adviser will continue to serve him as a private secretary, even while running the new pope's household. >> big changes ahead. he's like, i'm gone, i'm disappearing. >> i think he's doing that because he doesn't want there to be a perceived idea that he's going to somehow have something to do with the pope's election. >> pass that baton and move back. >>> here's a look at your friday forecast. light snow for upstate new york and northern new england. up to 5 inches in northern michigan. showers in the tennessee valley. heavy downpours from orlando to miami. 4 to 8 inches of mountain snow in colorado and wyoming. >> 40s across the rockies. teens from fargo to minneapolis. 28 in chicago. 48 in beantown. 60s from atlanta to new orleans. >>> before we put the whole valentine's day thing to rest for another year, we want to give a shout out to a couple in pennsylvania. introducing beatr
, connecticut. >>> the vatican is acknowledging for the first time that pope benedict xvi has had a pacemaker for several years. this revelation came a short time ago, one day after the pope stunned the world's 1 billion plus catholics by announcing he's resigning. the 85-year-old pope cited his age and fatigue as the reasons he's stepping down. sources say even the pope's closest associates had no idea he was planning to resign. the catholic church hopes to have a new pope in place by easter, march 31st. the vatican says the pope will have no role in what could be an historic decision. the number of catholics is declining in europe and there is a projected catholic room in asia, africa and latin america. the new pope could come from a country as far away as europe. >> up to this point, popes have been always european. but the church as a whole and the college of cardinals is becoming much more global. >> cardinals from ghana, nigeria and canada are on the top list. timothy dolan is expected the top american to become the top pope. richard mahoney will help elect the new pope. the archdiocese
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